Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Houston Cougars
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane play their fourth game of the season against a team ranked in the top 10 as they host the Houston Cougars. The Cougars are -3 point favorites over the Golden Hurricane.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are no strangers to playing nationally ranked teams as all three of Bill Blankenship’s teams losses have come against top ranked opponents. Tulsa has played Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Boise State and while they didn’t have any success against them there is isn’t anything they will see in this one that they haven’t seen already. G.J. Kinnie has completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 2,700 yards and 24 touchdowns with 10 interceptions and he will need all of it facing the most prolific offense in the nation. Ja’Terian Douglas is averaging 8.4 yards per carry for 836 yards and four touchdowns and Trey Watts has 781 yards and three touchdowns averaging 6.0 yards per carry. Willie Carter has 57 catches for 826 yards and six touchdowns, Bryan Burnham has 47 catches and eight touchdowns, and Clay Sears has 32 catches and six touchdowns. The Tulsa defense has 16 interceptions, nine fumble recoveries, and 21 sacks for a minus four turnover ratio. The Tulsa defense allows 25.7 points per game and 408.2 yards. Cornelius Arnick has 134 tackles, Tyrunn Walker has 7.0 sacks, and Dexter McCoil and Milton Howell have four interceptions each. The Golden Hurricane are home for this one and they will need everything to go their way to have a chance at the upset.
The Houston Cougars are just a game away from a perfect regular season and while Kevin Sumlin’s team hasn’t gotten much mention they could very well be a BCS bow buster. It’s tough to even begin to talk about Houston football without first talking about QB Case Keenum who is smashing passing records and this season has completed 73.4 percent of his passes for 4,269 yards with 38 touchdowns and three interceptions. Keenum has plenty of help in the running game with several backs who can take it to the house on any play including Charles Sims who is averaging 8.5 yards per carry for 702 yards and nine touchdowns, Michael Hayes with 621 yards and eight touchdowns, and Bryce Beall with 311 yards and seven touchdowns. Tyron Carter has 74 catches for 805 yards and five touchdowns, Patrick Edwards has 66 catches for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns, and Justin Johnson has 56 catches and eight touchdowns but Houston has a slew of guys who can catch the ball and run. The Cougars’ defense is widely underrated with 14 interceptions, eight fumble recoveries, and 29 sacks for a plus 10 turnover differential. Houston allows 21.4 points per game and 381.1 yards with 211.8 yards coming through the air and 169.5 coming on the ground. Marcus McGraw has 105 tackles, Sammy Brown has 12.5 sacks, and Phillip Steward has four interceptions. While Keenum is one of the best college players ever the Cougars are much more than just Keenum.
Tulsa is 12-2 against the spread in their last 14 conference games, 5-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games as an underdog. Houston is 6-0 against the spread in their last six conference games, 5-0 against the spread following a cover, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The home team has covered in four of the last five meetings of these two.
Tulsa has played the tougher schedule and should be well prepped for this one and that combined with being home where bounces (and calls) seem to go Tulsa’s way I like the Golden Hurricane to get the cover and possibly win this one outright.
Tulsa Golden Hurricanes +3 Houston Cougars